10 Must-Have Chrome Extensions For 2015

Saikat Basu 08-03-2015

Imagine the last time you installed a Chrome extension and it became a lifesaver.


An over the top adulation for a piece of code? Surebecause matching the right extension to your workflow is a recipe for lifelong productivity.

Discovering the right Chrome extension is another matter altogether. From press hype to word of mouth, from serendipity to a Best of Chrome Extension The Best Chrome Extensions A list of only the best extensions for Google Chrome, including suggestions from our readers. Read More page like ours, it’s a lot to dig through. It’s the third month of the year and some new Chrome extensions have floated towards our attention. Some are new while some others aren’t old enough. It’s our job to tell you about the best Chrome extensions. It’s your bit to tell us if they are worthy enough.

Better Search [No Longer Available]

Better Search Chrome Extension

Power-up your Google Search.

Your day starts off with search. Why not make Google Search a little bit better with the help of this functional extension? For heavy searchers the extension is a massive time saver. Preview search results without opening a new tab. Do your searches and go back to them through the search history. Highlight and annotate web pages and organize them by tags. Save notes with the search page. Bookmark the search page. Browse through more results within a single site. And all this with just a click on the right Better Search icons.


Better Search icons

Better Search isn’t much to look at, but it vaults over prettiness with its feature-set. If you miss Google Instant Preview Missing Google Instant Preview: 3 Chrome Extensions That Show Previews Of Google Search Results Instant Previews was a search enhancement launched three years back that gave you a sneak peek into Google search results with tiny thumbnails. The visual page snapshot helped us to get a glimpse of what... Read More , you should like its own preview.

Sortd Smart Skin for Gmail

Kanban productivity comes to Gmail.

We talk about not running to our inbox first thing in the morning. Breaking that email habit may not work for you if email is your default “task list”. This is where Sortd helps your productivity. The Chrome extension turns Gmail into a Kanban-styled board. You can sort your email into actionable boards. Drag and drop emails between the boards to define their status. Sortd meshes with your inbox and workflow.


We use Gmail as a task-list – use Sortd like a task manager and prioritize your inbox. Mihir has some excellent productivity tips Turn Gmail Into A Trello-Like Task Board With Sortd In the modern workforce, your email often turns into your task list. Well, now you can get Trello-style organisation right in Gmail with a new Chrome extension, Sortd. Read More for pairing Gmail with Sortd.

DF YouTube

Distraction Free YouTube

Distraction free YouTube.

If you paid a penny for dancing to a Gangnam Style video, YouTube would have made more than $ 2 Billion. YouTube doesn’t make a profit even with the barrage of ads that assault us. I am sure we all will take that because of the instant joy we get from YouTube videos. An ad-filled YouTube page may be okay for a cinematic trailer but not for an educational video. DF YouTube hides the video recommendations sidebar as well as the related videos that appear at the end of videos. You also won’t see the grid of recommended videos that appear on your homepage. The extension can also hide comments and disable playlists. All settings are configurable.


The extension is useful but not unique. There are different ways to browse YouTube videos 10 Different Ways to Browse, Watch & Enjoy YouTube Videos Read More . And then, you can always set up YouTube for learning How To Set Up YouTube For Better Learning If you are not using YouTube to expand your mind and learn new skills, it's time to catch up. There's so much free knowledge available out there. Why not take advantage of it? Read More with the right tools.

UpTo For Google Calendar [No Longer Available]

UpTo For Google Calendar

What’s happening with Google Calendar.

We don’t realize the invisible role played by calendars in our lives. So, why not use them to become more productive How To Use Google Calendar As A Visual Motivational Tool We are still using calendars for reminding us of things, but there are so many other uses, now that they have gone digital. Here are some unique possibilities as a visual motivational tool. Read More and stay better informed. You can import a wide variety of information into Google Calendar. There are also many interesting calendars Awesome Things You Can Automatically Import To Google Calendar A calendar keeps every aspect of your life focused in one place, allowing you to worry less and accomplish more. Here are some useful ways to import important information into your Google Calendar. Read More inside Google Calendar. UpTo for Google Calendar brings its enormous directory of calendars into Google’s. Schedules for sports, TV, music and movie premieres, popular meetups, financial events, holidays etc. can be viewed and added to your own calendar events.


Don’t hunt for dates and days. Use the Chrome extension to discover events you otherwise might have missed.

The Official Google Calendar Chrome Extension

Google Calendar - Chrome Extension

Google Calendar meets material design.

With the recent update, the Google Calendar extension keeps its date with “Material Design”. The update brings an easier way to add events from any webpage (if they are encoded). Quick add events from the toolbar dropdown to any of your calendars, and without bringing up the main calendar. You can also include or exclude all-day events when showing the “time to next event” on the icon badge.

Dropbox for Gmail (Beta)

Dropbox for Gmail Chrome Extension

Share your Dropbox files from Gmail.

This new Dropbox extension makes it simple to share your Dropbox files with anyone via Gmail. The sharing works just like the Google Drive button. Click the extension’s button from the Compose window. Search and select the file you want to include. You can preview the linked files. Sharing with your recipients is reduced to a single click.

The Dropbox timesaver is in beta, so we can expect new featureslike saving large files to Dropboxto be added soon. I found the extension to be a bit slow, but developers should iron it out.


Discoverly - Chrome Extension

See all inter-connected contacts on Gmail, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

The most well-known name in contact management is Rapportive. However, the transformation under LinkedIn left something to be desired. If you are looking for a Rapportive alternative, try the Discoverly Chrome extension this year. It adds a layer of information to Gmail, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

On Gmail, you can see someone’s social profiles and mutual connections and recent tweets. On Facebook, see their work info from LinkedIn and mutual connections. On LinkedIn, check for mutual Facebook friends and recent tweets. See the common points in your circle and network better with shared contacts.

Full Contact is another alternative you can look at as a Rapportive alternative.


Tweet with more elegance.

There are three reasons to use Pullquote if you spend most of your time on Facebook or Twitter. As the video grab above shows, you can use the service to tweet selected text as images with a bit more elegance. It is said that tweeting with images drives more retweets. The extension also helps you grab an image or part of it for a quick tweet. With a Pullquote account, keep your shared “pullquotes” in one place and even create a quotecast to share niche content. There’s the added feature to see which links get the most clicks.

TwitShot for Chrome is a good alternative if you want to decorate your tweets with an image.


Digital Signatures

Add digital signature in seconds without leaving Gmail.

Digital signature apps and tools are productivity tools for the digital generation. DocuSign ranks among the best in Digital Transaction Management platforms. The free Chrome extension makes the process of signing and requesting digital signatures a bit easier. You don’t have to leave Gmail. Open the attached document or upload from the desktop, and use the extension to add the signature. Files stored in Dropbox are also accessible just as quickly via the browser.

Learn more about how to use DocuSign Chrome Extension and integrate it into your workflow.



Never stop learning.

I am a big fan of microlearning Reap the Benefits of Microlearning with Bite-Size Lessons Every Day A little learning is always better than no learning. That's how the idea of using little snatches of time for bite-sized learning every day becomes a good habit to start. Read More and FlashTabs offers a quick route to master something with the help of a new tab. If you find learning with flashcards Memorize Anything Using Active Recall Memory Your memory sucks, but it's nothing you can't improve. Whether you're trying to learn a language, geography or even basic programming skills, active recall learning lets you commit details to memory. Read More useful, then you should love this Chrome extension. Display flashcards whenever a new tab page is opened.  Do none, one or multiple cards before you open any other webpage. Of course, you need to fill in the data that the flashcards will use beforehand. Import options are lacking but if you take the pains to fill in the question and answers, this Chrome extension could be useful for memorizing a lot of things.

There are more ways than one to make your new Chrome tab interesting 10 Most Productive New Tab Extensions For Google Chrome When you start a new tab in a browser, are you looking to go somewhere or are you looking for information to come to you? Google Chrome has many extensions to make it productive. Read More , but FlashTabs gets a vote for its personal learning promise.

The only new thing about the Chrome Webstore is that some new extension comes along every day to help us do our old tasks better. Do these ten Chrome extensions make the grade? Which is the best Chrome extension you discovered recently? Let’s fill up the comments.

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  1. Anonymous
    July 13, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    There is a share meeting after lunch every Thursday in our company.
    In this meeting, some coworker will share their story, experiences they got in their work with us.

    Last week, I shared some useful Mac tools and Chrome Extensions. I got a lot of good feedbacks from my coworkers.

    Here is the list of the most useful and frequently used Chrome Extensions:

    1. [QR Code Maker]( - Generate a QR Code of the website you are visiting. Then you can use your mobile to scan it and visit it on your phone. No need to type.

    2. [Draft]( - A new tab is just like a draft. Open a tab and write. It will save for you.

    3. [Clearly] [Broken Link Removed] - Product of Evernote. It helps sync the article reading to your Evernote account.

    4. [One Tab]( - You opened too many tabs? No worries, it helps you save them in one tab.

    5. [Better History] [Broken Link Removed] - It has a much better UI than default Chrome browser.

    6. [Bookmark Manager] [No Longer Available] - It has a much better UI than default Chrome browser.

    7. [QR Reader Beta] [Broken Link Removed] - You want to scan a QR Code on PC? This is exactly what it does.

    8. [Send to kindle]( - Sync articles to your Kindle device.

    9. [[For Developer] Postman] [Broken Link Removed] - It is a very useful tool to test APIs. You can immitate POST & GET.

    10. [[For Developer] JSON View]( - It will help you display a JSON in a readable way.

  2. Saikat
    May 18, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    This one>

    Looks powerful. Thanks for the suggestion.

  3. Kasia
    May 18, 2015 at 6:39 am

    Have you tried Mixmax - it's probably my favorite gmail extension that came out in 2015.

  4. Michael Lofrano
    March 22, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    GRAMMERLY. Essential extension.

  5. Evgeniy Beloshytskiy
    March 19, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    I found out that my Chrome experience gets much better with Power Zoom [Broken Link Removed]
    Also I like much Overlay Blocker [Broken Link Removed]

  6. Daniel
    March 19, 2015 at 7:26 am

    my favorites are the blockers:
    ad block plus (removes ads) & i don't care about cookies (removes stupid european warnings about how they use cookies)

    • Saikat
      March 19, 2015 at 8:31 am

      Ad blockers seem to be the favorites of quite a few on this thread :)

  7. Rob
    March 10, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Fantastic list! Thanks for putting this together- I'm installing Flashtabs now :)

    • Saikat
      March 10, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks Rob. What are you using it for?

  8. A41202813GMAIL
    March 10, 2015 at 1:33 pm


    It Is The Official CHROME .CRX Downloader.

    If You Save All The .CRX Extensions You Are Using, You Can Import Them To Another CHROME Clone Browser When GOOGLE Decides To Yank That Extension From The CHROME Web Store.

    As My Main Browser, I Dumped CHROME In Favor Of OPERA15+ Exactly Because Of That.

    Fortunately, Most CHROME Extensions Are Compatible With OPERA15+ And Many Other CHROME Clone Browsers.


    • Saikat
      March 10, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      Well, Opera 15, or 27 as it is now, is a stripped down version of Chrome. They might have "sold out" to the Chrome engine, but I still like its minimalism.

    • A41202813GMAIL
      March 10, 2015 at 7:14 pm

      I Always Say OPERA15+ Because I Do Not Want Any Confusion With OPERA12-.

      They Are Two Very Different Browsers And Their Extensions Are Not Even Compatible With The Other.


      Sorry To Contradict You But OPERA Is 28, Now.

      Thank You For Responding.

  9. IWannaBAnon
    March 10, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Best extension OAT is Tampermonkey.

  10. John D. Mueller
    March 10, 2015 at 12:19 am

    The shock-type nasty advertisements you have at the end of this post are the very reason Ad Block is my number one Chrome Extension.

    • Saikat
      March 10, 2015 at 2:50 am

      Unfortunately, those ads also pay for our salaries and the server space that allows all the articles we manage to bring to you for FREE :)

      Maybe, you can whitelist us!

    • John D. Mueller
      March 10, 2015 at 3:40 am

      If it comes down to it I will choose not to read your article because of the paywall rather that look at your ads trying to catch my attention with things like what popped up on my iPhone when I first looked at this article:
      -Controversial "Limitless Pill"
      -'Steroid Alternative' Taking Country By Storm
      -How Men Make Millions With Penny Stocks
      -Secret 'Brain Pill' Billionaires Are Using
      Is that what the web has really come to??? There must be a better way. Until you guys figure it out I think you'll struggle dealing with ad blockers.

    • Cecilia
      March 11, 2015 at 11:18 am

      Im on my laptop and my favourite app is also Ad Blocker Plus! I do feel bad for sites that rely on ads to continue providing great services but not bad enough to deal with nasty ads, sorry!
      At least I will be sharing this article on my FB page!
      Thanks Saikat!

    • Saikat
      March 11, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      Ah, well. That's the friendliest anti-ad comment I have read ever :)

      Thanks Cecilia.

    • Dave Hysom
      March 16, 2015 at 2:22 am

      Am wondering how many people DON'T use something like Ad Blocker. Without an app like that -- which I'd gladly pay for! -- I'd find the web totally useless.

      >those ads also pay for our salaries and ...

      Righto! So, um, does that mean that you, personally, don't use any sort of Ad Blocker? ;)

      Thanks for listening!

    • Saikat
      March 16, 2015 at 5:03 am

      Hey Dave,

      I have positively evolved to being "ad blind" ;)

  11. Russell
    March 9, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    for keeping track of TV programs -- important when watching things from Syfy, for example, things that will never be telecast here in New Zealand, is DuckieTV

  12. Steve
    March 9, 2015 at 10:25 pm
  13. Raymond F. Fonseca
    March 9, 2015 at 8:29 pm
  14. jim kelly
    March 9, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Great stuff - I'm gonna try that pullquote thingy ...... cheers

    • Saikat
      March 10, 2015 at 2:53 am

      Yes. It is basically 3 extensions in one. I like the third feature as well --

      Easy to collect quotes: whether you’re researching a book or a class project, Pullquote simplifies collecting, annotating and organizing material you find online.

  15. Ziink
    March 9, 2015 at 4:44 am

    Thank you for including 'Better Search' in this list. I'm the author of 'Better Search' extension and would be glad to answer any questions or receive any suggestions either here or via email :

    • Bruce Williamson
      March 9, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      Does the extension support duckduckgo?

    • Ziink
      March 9, 2015 at 11:37 pm

      Better Search doesn't yet support DuckDuckGo but it will within a month.

    • Saikat
      March 10, 2015 at 2:42 am

      Thanks for your email as well. It's a very useful extension, and I do miss Google Instant Previews :)

  16. AngryBeast
    March 8, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Yeah, nice try ... Happy to find new browser extensions :)

  17. Jack Lee
    March 8, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    My two favourites:
    1. Clearly - Product of Evernote. Sync articles to your Evernote right in time.
    2. New Tab Draft - Change my way to use New Tab. Open a tab to write whatever you want. Only few people know this but it is really what I want.

    • Saikat
      March 10, 2015 at 2:41 am

      Thanks Jack. I use Clearly myself. Isn't exactly new. New Tab Draft is a good pick.

    • EngineerGunter
      May 12, 2015 at 6:08 am

      Any way to make the bookmarks bar show on the Draft new tab page (without just having it always showing)?

    • Saikat
      May 12, 2015 at 9:02 am

      Why not toggle it "on and off" with Ctrl+Shift+B?